Superman Returns (2006) Movie Review

Title: Superman Returns.
Rated: PG-13.
Director: Bryan Singer.
Screenplay: Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris.
story: Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris.
Release Date: 2006.
Runtime:  154 min.
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, and many more!
Budget: $270,000,000 (estimated).
My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Previously in the Superman film series:
Superman (1978).
Superman II (1980).


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24 thoughts on “Superman Returns (2006) Movie Review

  1. I did not like this movie when it came out. I was pretty excited for it, as Singer was hot stuff due to the Xmen franchise. But Superman being so unsure of himself was not what I was looking for in a superman movie. I’m ok that any sequels were cancelled.

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    1. I feel like they also applied so much makeup and whatnot on the guy. Somehow, it worked in these sense that it made him look a bit more alien but then it also distracted me hahah

      I don’t know if a sequel would’ve worked too… As much as a “Jonathan Kent” story would’ve been nice to have, I don’t think this movie was on the right path for one.

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  2. I think the best thing about this movie is the casting; Brandon as superman was perfect, say what you will about Kevin but I think he was a good Lex Luthor and the rest of the supporting cast.
    Fun fact: Henry Cavill was in the running to play Superman in this. Glad they waited for 6 yrs to give him the part. The outtake at the end with your cat interrupting was so cute.

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    1. The casting was pretty decent indeed! I might question Lois Lane’s casting though but aside from her, the rest were sound picks. And yes, really glad that Cavill got the chance to do it too now. The future of the character is still bright but I’m not too sure what plans they got for Cavill now.


  3. I enjoyed this movie when i first watched it a couple of years when it came out, but my opinion’s changed quite a bit. It’s got several great action scenes – the scene where he’s flying around, saving everyone in Metropolis probably the best Superman action scene ever put on film. But the movie’s got inconsistent rules about Superman’s weakness to kryptonite, the actress for Lois Lane feels like a serious miscast (she looks way too young), and the pacing is often way too slow. Still a decent movie, but it could have been so much better.

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    1. Agreed! It was pretty cool to see him save the day around the world. If the crashing plane or “titanic” sequence was pretty awesome. And yes, you’ve pointed out some good flaws here. It made no sense how he was able to use his powers in the final sequence to get rid of that huge chunk of land filled with kryptonite… Oh well. Willpower > kryptonite, or something. Lois Lane definitely felt like a miscast. And yep. The pacing was rough here. Singer must’ve got lost in his whole “reverence” narrative as he put it all together. But, compared to Superman III and IV, this is definitely far superior no matter what hahah!


      1. You almost have to try in order to make a Superman movie worse than Superman IV. Even if you know how they siphoned half of that movie’s budget towards other projects (something that Cannon Pictures was known for), it’s still baffling how bad the movie is.

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  4. I also wrote a review on this last month. I remember watching this movie in theaters in 06. I have watched it for more than a hundred times already, and I really did, and still enjoy watching this film. (might be my most favorite Superman film) Anyways, great review bro…

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  5. Huh, a surprisingly high score! Guess you needed some pick me up after all those abysmal sequels 😉 I’ve actually never seen this. Somehow even Spacey couldn’t bring me around to watching it, but now I might be tempted. Great review, Lashaan!

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    1. Hahaha yep, this one isn’t as horrible as Superman III or IV or Supergirl. It’s a decent movie with its own flaws but not something that people should blatantly hate, considering how many years we had to wait to get a decent Superman movie again hahah Thanks for reading, Ola! 😀

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